Right now, everyone should wear a mask in public, unless there is some medical reason they can’t. Young, old, immune-compromised or not–it’s unbelievable that this completely commonsense thing is getting politicized.
It’s a pandemic, people. We should all wear masks.
I understand the increasing resentment toward coronavirus restrictions–certain people have decided that a pandemic is too good a thing to waste. Some politicians are using Covid-19 as a reason to expand their authority far beyond anything even approaching reason. People attending a drive-in church service, where everyone stayed in their own cars and observed social distancing, were fined a thousand dollars apiece, in a town where it’s perfectly okay to stand in line to buy booze. Governors in some states have actually made it against the law to buy seeds for your garden. In some places, it’s illegal to mow your own front lawn. This is completely ridiculous. I understand being upset. Civil liberties are no small thing. What’s going on is completely unconstitutional, at least in the US.
And there’s a certain longing to push back, to show that we won’t take this lying down. I get that, too. But our desire to preserve our rights shouldn’t include risking our health and the health of others.
By all means, protest your power-happy governor, mayor, or chief of police. Some of them richly deserve it. Just wear a mask when you do.
Wearing a mask is not a political statement, and it’s not a civil liberties issue–except for the right to wear one right now. The other day I walked into my bank wearing a bandanna mask. That sort of thing is usually illegal, and with good cause. Facial recognition software is basically out of luck with most of your face covered. However, protecting your health and the health of others is far more important than being able to potentially identify criminals.
But I’m not sick, you might say. Why do I have to wear a mask?
Okay. In case you haven’t stayed abreast of the news, a significant number of people have the novel coronavirus and show no symptoms https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/cloth-face-cover.html. I have no fever, cough, etc., and I’ve done my best to stay at home since the beginning of March. My particular county has very few cases and no coronavirus deaths. But I still wear a mask in public. Because I could be sick and not even know it.
In fact, anyone could be sick and not even know it. And you could easily come in contact with someone who has a vulnerable person at home. So, you should wear a mask.
But wait, you say. I’ll observe social distancing and wash my hands a lot.
Good idea. But even the best-laid plans can go awry.
People can trip or get knocked into others. It’s just part of life. You may suddenly turn around and bump into someone. Think back on all the times you’ve accidentally touched someone without meaning to. Normally, it’s just a quick smile and an “excuse me,” with no harm done. But now, it could be something much worse.
And yes, your mask could get knocked askew, like with poor Vincent above. But all we can do is the best we can do. However, if you’re not wearing a mask at all, then you’re not doing your best.
And I get it–wearing a mask is uncomfortable. Whenever I can’t avoid shopping, I do it as close to lightning speed as I can manage. I need to get back to my car so I can breathe. It’s hot under that thing.
But you could get bumped into someone whose spouse just had heart surgery. Or a person who’s caring for their 87-year-old mother. Or a man whose kid has leukemia…the list goes on and on.
But wait, you might say. We need to get the economy restarted. People die due to economic downturns as well.
I agree. And wearing a mask is the best way to make going back to work a success. If we reopen shops and restaurants, and then the virus surges, and then the hospitals get overloaded, we’ll be right back where we started. Staring at bills with no hope of paying them. We all want this thing to go away, as much as possible.
But it’s not going to be just like it was a few months ago. Viruses aren’t impressed by positive mental attitudes. This pandemic is going to be with us for some time. It’s going to continue killing people. We need to join together to protect as many lives as possible, both from Covid-19, and from economic downturns.
So, wear a mask.
Think of it in terms of risk and reward. If it turns out that wearing a mask was unnecessary, then it was uncomfortable, and you were annoyed. But if wearing a mask turns out to be critical, you could help save lives. Some of them might even be people you love.
Please wear a mask!
Also, in case you’re a Matthew McConaughey fan, here’s a quick, five-minute snippet where he makes an appeal for unity and mask-wearing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ycl5GQTsw1s.
And here’s a link to Chris Martenson’s Peak Prosperity reports, where he’ll tell you all about taking vitamins C and D, along with zinc, to try to avoid getting this plague, or at least decrease the severity if you do. And he’ll also show you, with many charts and graphs, why it’s important to…